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Bailee Martini
Posts: 648
Jacksonville, Alabama, US


im just looking for a quick answer to this. ive scoured the internet and searched the boards, and i cant find a definite answer on how exactly to measure the "bust" as far as modeling. the farthest ive gotten was reading a vague discussion stating that everyone should know whether to measure under the bust or over the  largest part of the bust....but did not state which. i would assume that over the bust would make more sense in modeling, but i want to make sure im not wrong. thanks in advance, sorry if this seems like a silly question.
Jun 10 06 07:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
dani faye
Posts: 287
Oakland, California, US


Across mid chest
Jun 10 06 07:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Olaf S
Posts: 1,625
Allentown, Pennsylvania, US


Jun 10 06 07:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Jay Dezelic
Posts: 4,633
Seattle, Washington, US


A good place to look would possibly be some of the swimwear companies like venusswimwear.com of ugena.com  - They probably give customers good instruction to avoid return problems.
Jun 10 06 08:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Emeritus
Posts: 21,947
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


There are two very different issues here.  One is "how to measure your bra size" and you already have a link to that.  The other is "how to measure your bust", which is different.

Wear a bra, measure around the bra and the ends of the breasts.  That's the "bust measurement" for modeling purposes.
Jun 10 06 08:28 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Bailee Martini
Posts: 648
Jacksonville, Alabama, US


TXPhotog wrote:
There are two very different issues here.  One is "how to measure your bra size" and you already have a link to that.  The other is "how to measure your bust", which is different.

Wear a bra, measure around the bra and the ends of the breasts.  That's the "bust measurement" for modeling purposes.

thank you, was aware that bra measurement is very different than chest measurement, just didnt know to do under or across. thanks!

Jun 10 06 09:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cyberhawk Studios
Posts: 387
Mount Vernon, Washington, US


For bra measurements, measure under the breast - this is your bra size; measure across the breast, the difference between the two is the cup size.
Jun 10 06 09:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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James Bluck
Posts: 826
Westfield, New Jersey, US


OK.  So how is a model supposed to measure her waist?  I see pictures of skinny models who list their waists as, e.g., 29", which seems way too big for what I see in the pictures.
Jun 16 06 10:23 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Emeritus
Posts: 21,947
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Measure the "natural waist" - the smallest part of the waist.
Jun 16 06 10:53 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Bailee Martini
Posts: 648
Jacksonville, Alabama, US


James Bluck wrote:
OK.  So how is a model supposed to measure her waist?  I see pictures of skinny models who list their waists as, e.g., 29", which seems way too big for what I see in the pictures.

yes, and make sure you have a proper measuring tape. go to the craft store and get the soft measuring tape that is used for sewing. i was using the wrong tape and my measurements came up two inches larger than they actually were. measure in the morning, before you eat, otherwise you may bloat and the masurement will probably be bigger than normal.

Jun 16 06 04:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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James Bluck
Posts: 826
Westfield, New Jersey, US


TXPhotog wrote:
Measure the "natural waist" - the smallest part of the waist.

That's what I always thought.  I assume the skinny girls whose stats indicate a large waist are just doing it wrong.

Jun 16 06 04:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Josie Nutter
Posts: 5,865
Seattle, Washington, US


This is what I send people who get suspended for blaringly incorrect measurements:

Women: http://fashion.about.com/cs/7/l/blmeasure.htm
Men: http://fashion.about.com/cs/menstips/l/blmenmeasure.htm
Jun 16 06 04:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Bailee Martini
Posts: 648
Jacksonville, Alabama, US


Josie Nutter wrote:
This is what I send people who get suspended for blaringly incorrect measurements:

Women: http://fashion.about.com/cs/7/l/blmeasure.htm
Men: http://fashion.about.com/cs/menstips/l/blmenmeasure.htm

i looked all over for something like that. thanks!

Jun 16 06 04:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Craig Thomson
Posts: 13,462
Tacoma, Washington, US


Josie Nutter wrote:
This is what I send people who get suspended for blaringly incorrect measurements:

Women: http://fashion.about.com/cs/7/l/blmeasure.htm
Men: http://fashion.about.com/cs/menstips/l/blmenmeasure.htm
baelie wrote:
i looked all over for something like that. thanks!

Now if anyone can decipher how designers size a garment, I’d be forever in their debt.

I bought a dress off ebay thats a 4P for a model that's 5'-0", 102 and it turns out it fits a model that's 5'-7", 130

Jun 16 06 04:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Bailee Martini
Posts: 648
Jacksonville, Alabama, US


Craig Thomson wrote:

Josie Nutter wrote:
This is what I send people who get suspended for blaringly incorrect measurements:

Women: http://fashion.about.com/cs/7/l/blmeasure.htm
Men: http://fashion.about.com/cs/menstips/l/blmenmeasure.htm

Now if anyone can decipher how designers size a garment, I’d be forever in their debt.

I bought a dress off ebay thats a 4P for a model that's 5'-0", 102 and it turns out it fits a model that's 5'-7", 130

hey, thats about my size...whats it look like? hehe

Jun 16 06 09:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Ellynyn
Posts: 350
Bristol, Connecticut, US


James Bluck wrote:
That's what I always thought.  I assume the skinny girls whose stats indicate a large waist are just doing it wrong.

I have a feeling they're giving the "waist" size they take for a pair of trousers, rather than their actual, natural waist, which is much higher than the trouser measurement site.

Jun 17 06 05:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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Photographer
GPS Studio Services
Posts: 35,090
San Francisco, California, US


Cyberhawk Studios wrote:
For bra measurements, measure under the breast - this is your bra size; measure across the breast, the difference between the two is the cup size.

That isn't really quite right if we are talking about bra sizes.

You take the measurement below the breast.  If it is an odd number, you add five, if it is an even number, you add four.  That is the band size.

You then measure around the fullest part of the breasts.  If the difference is one inch, you are an "A" cup, two inches a "B" cup, three inches a "C" cup, etc.

There are alternative methods, but just measuring under the breasts and taking the difference doesn't work.

Jun 17 06 06:11 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
JM Dean
Posts: 8,930
Cary, North Carolina, US


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Jun 17 06 06:50 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Bailee Martini
Posts: 648
Jacksonville, Alabama, US


its funny how this was specifically about chest sizing for modeling, and it inevitably turned into bra sizing......go figure, lol
Jun 18 06 12:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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Photographer
GPS Studio Services
Posts: 35,090
San Francisco, California, US


baelie wrote:
its funny how this was specifically about chest sizing for modeling, and it inevitably turned into bra sizing......go figure, lol

I saw your original post and didn't answer it since you already had gotten the correct answer.  I, decided to post with bra measurement since the poster I had responded to gave you an incorrect answer.

But I did notice that too.

Jun 18 06 12:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Bailee Martini
Posts: 648
Jacksonville, Alabama, US


no i know i understand other people asked, but it was just funny because i knew it was going to turn into a bra measurement thread lol
Jun 18 06 05:25 pm  Link  Quote 
Wardrobe Stylist
stylist man
Posts: 34,372
New York, New York, US


Josie Nutter wrote:
This is what I send people who get suspended for blaringly incorrect measurements:

Women: http://fashion.about.com/cs/7/l/blmeasure.htm
Men: http://fashion.about.com/cs/menstips/l/blmenmeasure.htm

Josie is cool.

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theda wrote:
Suit/Dress: Women's sizes are insane and vary greatly. There is no stanardized sizing. Men's suits are sized by chest circumferance (example 40) and sleeve length (short, regular or long). I don't know the numbers for dertmining that bit, though.

Shirt/Blouse:  For men, it's by neck size. For women, it's anybody's guess.

Neck: Measure around your neck.

Sleeve: See above with the I dunno

Pants:  For menswear (and some women's pants), it's inches around waist and legnth of inseam (crotch to floor).

Inseam: Crotch to floor. Inches.

Bust: This one is fun. For bust size, measure around the fullest part of the bust. To determine bra size, measure directly below the breast and add 5 inches for the band size.  Cup size is determined by subtracting the underbust measurement from the measurement around the fullest part of the bust OR measuring under the armpits and sutracting the number from the fullest part of the bust measurement.

Waist: smallest point of the torso

Hips: widest point around the tush

Hat: I know you measure the circumference of the head and divide by something freaky, but I forget the formula.

You left out shoe size and glove size.

Oct 13 06 02:01 pm  Link  Quote 
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Josie Nutter
Posts: 5,865
Seattle, Washington, US


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